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Nigeria Customs Service Bans Rice Import Through Land Borders. @DrJoeAbah
The Nigeria Customs Service has banned rice importation through the land borders with effect from Friday, March 25, it was announced in Ibadan, Oyo State capital yesterday.
The Customs Area Controller for Oyo/Osun Area Command, Mr. Temitope Ogunkua, told journalists that the ban order was given by the Comptroller-General of Customs, retired Col. Hameed Ali, as part of measures to block the identified loopholes in the nation's finance sector.
Ogunkua said that the importation and payment of duty on rice through the land borders would cease on Friday and advised all those who have their duty already paid for the imported rice within the Oyo/Osun Area Command border entry point to evacuate same immediately or risk the rice being seized.
Ogunkua maintained that Oyo/Osun Area Command would implement the zero tolerance for rice import through the border to the letter.
While reiterating the determination of the area command of the NCS to step up efforts in facilitating trade, the area controller charged all genuine importers to continue with their business, saying that only the economic saboteurs would have the long hand of the law to deal with.